“He is a natural people-person, has a deep insight into the neighborhoods of Denver, and enjoys mountain biking to boot.”
In the midst of a corporate ‘relo’ I was introduced to able realtors, but none of them quite ‘fit the bill’
for the needs of myself and Anna, my wife. We’re a complex couple with needs that – at first blush – probably seem somewhat out of the norm. Urban, but environmentally focused. Cosmopolitan by week night, mountain biking through the weekend.
The first brokers we were introduced to couldn’t quite understand our housing needs – and, particularly, how we wanted our housing choices to parallel our personal values and interests.
Enter Brad Sandler.
The recruiter at the company I was considering joining recognized that her brother and I shared several common interests. She didn’t “refer” her brother to us as a realtor (particularly as she thought I would be working with another realtor as part of the proposed corporate relo package). Instead, she thought Brad would serve as an “ambassador” for Denver – and help her in her attempts to recruit us away from the Midwest. She also thought that Anna and I had the potential to become friends with Brad and his wife, Austine.
Brad immediately set us at ease. He is a natural people-person, has a deep insight into the neighborhoods of Denver, and enjoys mountain biking to boot. By taking a “tour” of Denver with Brad we were ‘sold’ – on the new job, on Denver, and on Brad himself. Not only did we decide to move to Denver, we decided to work with Brad outside of the typical corporate ‘relo’ scenario.
At that point in our working relationship I wasn’t actually aware of the ‘value-add’ that Brad brings as a realtor. In addition to knowing the market and tailoring the market to the buyer, Brad also knows houses. He knows their ‘bones’ – he has skills of an inspector and appraiser. And he knows the environmental advantages and opportunities that houses present.
When working with Brad in finding houses, he helped paint a complete picture of the home beyond the neighborhood and surrounding amenities, stretching to include, for instance, alternate heating and cooling possibilities presented by the home. He also identified alternate financing opportunities that existed if we wanted to retrofit a home to be more energy efficient. He even discussed tax advantages (both Colorado and federal) that could be utilized if we wanted to, say, install solar heat and/or energy arrays on a home.
Perhaps most importantly, he also helped orient potential houses and neighborhoods in relation to the fastest exit to bike trails. He even acted as my tour guide on my first mountain bike rides in the Front Range.
In the end, I’m glad we switched from a well-heeled realtor to a two-wheeled EcoBroker, Brad Sandler. I just hope that some day I’ll be able to keep up with him on the Colorado Trail.